Dailies On The Vine

Surrender ~ The Daily Necessity

Upon graduation from Bible College many years ago I was full of zeal, vision, and (some) knowledge. I thought Jesus and I were leaving to go conquer the world… His words to me some months later as I was making plans for my next steps have forever marked me. It’s the basis of my life’s journey thereafter and testimony – “Die to your dreams and visions so I can resurrect them”. And off to “the desert” I went… I had received Vision, but now in greater depth I would learn how to empty myself. Life begins when we end. All life is in Him! Death has always been the start of my life, a paradox indeed! But when you catch His vision, you will be free. As I have been learning over the years, I may say it a few different ways, but the simplicity of the message and dire need of it in the Body will never cease.

As we are transformed by Him, we continue to behold Him; we look and keep on looking just we ask and keep on asking. He is the daily Bread, and daily we must die. However in daily death we find daily resurrection! Jesus is the Life you are searching for, apart from Him we can do nothing.

Surrender is not a one time prayer, but a daily necessity in the believer’s life.

I ask you this question (and to myself as well), “Is the Lord living His life through you today”?

“For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭28‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, dispensing his life into mine!” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Humility is not self condemning or angst against one’s self. Humility is emptying yourself as Christ emptied Himself, so that He, Christ in you may be glorified in which ever and any way He chooses to express Himself. In other words, personal humility is lowliness (empty of self will) so that Christ may have His full expression through your life.

Mature sons ans daughters allow Christ’s full expression through their lives, as they have come to realize it is pride not to – for if they do not yield it is still a measure of one’s self protecting or preserving even when they have the best intentions to ‘be humble’.

I have struggled with this for many years, friends (and I’m still working on it). But the sooner it clicks and the mindset shifts, you will be free. There’s no freer place on earth than in surrender. Staying small in the name of humility is not helping the Kingdom of God, nor is it bringing the Lamb the full reward for His suffering. Refusing the Lord to work through you or the avoidance of for fear of pride is yet still pride. Humility is a true understanding that it is all about the Lamb – surrendering as a yielded vessel to allow His ways, His voice, His works and His plans be accomplished through you. You are now the tent in which He dwells!

“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,” Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬-‭9‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“However, let him who boasts and glories boast and glory in the Lord. [Jer. 9:24.] For [it is] not [the man] who praises and commends himself who is approved and accepted, but [it is the person] whom the Lord accredits and commends.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭17‬-‭18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person into the full understanding of truth. It has become my inspiration and passion in ministry to labor with a tireless intensity, with his power flowing through me, to present to every believer the revelation of being his perfect one in Jesus Christ.” Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬-‭29‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory. Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One). For this I labor [unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.” Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬-‭29‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Love Completes

The work of completion is the work of love. It is your responsibility to yield to the Lord, and God, who is perfect Love greatest pleasure to complete what has begun in you. He doesn’t grow weary or faint, He doesn’t rest until what He begins is completed. He watches over His Word to perform it. Love protects, hovers, watches, perfects and completes. Then by His sovereign power, the Lord establishes you when the work is done. Yield, have faith and belief and all that concerns you will be perfected. The Lord makes it happen, not you; our love is imperfect though yielding allows perfect love to complete us.

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be]. To Him be dominion (power, authority, sovereignty) forever and ever. Amen.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10-11‬ ‭AMP‬‬